Feels Like a Real-Life Thriller
In a futuristic society when firefighters don’t put out fires anymore. Their job now it to create fires. When an alarm is called in, firemen gear up as they use to and speed to the scene, a house with forbidden books in it. All the books are gathered up and hosed down with not water, but kerosene, then set a blaze. Montag is one of those firemen.
This is a time when in most homes, the walls in the living room aren’t walls, their giant screen televisions. The shows on mostly comprise of nonsensical bickering, for entertainment. People are not concerned about any issues, except forbidden books. Ignorance is bliss.
When Montag meets Clarrise, a 17-year-old girl, at first she annoys him. She likes to ask a lot of questions and notices things that most people just don’t notice or even care about. However, as he gets to know her better, he starts to question things himself. A question that he has is a very dangerous question: why are books so dangerous that we have to burn them? What’s in them? As he pursues this question, he gets in trouble.
This book was first published in 1951. I found this it quite frightening because there are some countries that seemed to have arrived to this in our world, and others seem to be heading towards it. In the West, people turn on their televisions and watch sitcoms much more then crack open a book. When most people ask me what I like to watch on TV, I respond that I only watch a couple things, mostly on PBS. I mostly read books, they look at me like am strange and proceed to name off all the shows that they watch.
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